He is a democrat and was Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Wolf was the Chairman-cum-CEO of Wolf Organisation, his family business.
Tom Wolf was born on November 17, 1948, in York, Pennsylvania. His father, William Trout "Bill" Wolf was a business executive and his mother is Cornelia Rohlman. Wolf grew up in Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania. He did his graduation from the boarding school, The Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Wolf received an A.B. in Government, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College. He is an M.Phil from the University of London. Wolf did his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in the Peace Corps and lived in India for two years.
Tom Wolf started his business career as a forklift operator in his family business, Wolf Organization Inc. The company based in York is into building materials. Wolf jointly bought the company in 1985 and sold it to a private equity firm in 2006.
Wolf was shortlisted to serve as the Secretary of Revenue of Pennsylvania by the then-Governor, Ed Rendell in 2007. He remained in office till November 2008. Wolf bought back his company, Wolf Organization. He was the Chairman-cum-CEO of the company. He resigned from the Company board after the elections for Governor.
Tom Wolf participated in the 2014 elections for the post of Governor of Pennsylvania. He won the Democratic nomination for Governor and took the oath as Governor in 2015. Wolf is the 47th Governor of Pennsylvania. Immediately on assuming office, he initiated several projects and orders. Wolf proposed an increase in education spending, a new severance tax on natural gas and reductions in property taxes and the corporate tax in his first budget. Wolf was rated as ‘the most liberal incumbent governor in the United States’ on social media based on public and press opinion. Pragmatic and focused, Wolf opposed a budget that was handed to him by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, making it the first time that the Governor had rejected a budget bill after Milton Shapp in 1976.
Tom Wolf was a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Commission on Urban Schools’ Economic Development Board. He is the Chairperson of the York County Community Foundation, the York College Board of Trustees and Chair of the York County United Way. He is the Chairman of the York County Chamber of Commerce. Wolf has played an active role in the Memorial Hospital of York, York Jewish Community Centre and a regional public television system.
Tom Wolf is married to Frances Wolf. The couple had met while they were in school. They have two daughters.